Sustainability Issues in Chile: Urban Water and its Ecosystem

March 8, 2021 - 10:15am to 11:15am

The Santiago Program invites you to participate in a discussion with our summer Faculty in Residence, Alexandria Boehm, Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. In addition to discussing the course she will be offering this summer, Prof. Boehm will discuss her research on Santiago´s water quality and her recent publication in Water Research X. She will be joined by Sergio Missana, a local faculty member of the Santiago program, who will discuss his courses as well as his role as a journalist and environmental activist through the Climate Parliament. Join us to learn more about urban water and its ecosystem in Chile’s capital.

Moderator: Iván Jaksic Iván Jaksić has been Director of Stanford’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in Santiago since 2005. Prior to Stanford, he held teaching and research positions at Cal-Berkeley, Wisconsin, Oxford, Harvard, and Notre Dame. Jaksić is the author, editor or co-editor of 26 books, and over a hundred articles and reviews in academic journals. He is a permanent member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Academy of Language in Chile, and the Royal Academy of Language in Spain. At Stanford, he received, in 2014, the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education. His most recent award is the Chilean National Award in History (2020).

Presenter: Alexandria Boehm Alexandria Boehm is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interest is in pathogens in the environment including their sources, fate, and transport in natural and engineered systems. Her other research interest centers broadly in coastal water quality where her work addresses the sources, transformation, transport, and ecology of biocolloids. She is known for her research in water quality of ocean coastal zones in tandem with formulating new management policies and engineering practices that protect human and ecosystem health.

Presenter: Sergio Missana Sergio Missana is a Chilean author, scholar, editor, journalist and activist. He is the author of fifteen books, including novels, essays, children’s books and a collection of travel pieces. He holds a BA in Social Communications from the University of Chile, and an MA and PhD in Spanish from Stanford University. He is currently the Executive Director of the Climate Parliament, a UK-based environmental organization that promotes renewable energy. He served as Director of Publications at the BBVA Foundation in Madrid and as a member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre in Brussels. He has collaborated with the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi and was an editor of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission human rights report in Chile.